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Slavery and the Culture of Taste
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Slavery and the Culture of Taste

Simon Gikandi

Abstract

It would be easy to assume that, in the eighteenth century, slavery and the culture of taste—the world of politeness, manners, and aesthetics—existed as separate and unequal domains, unrelated in the spheres of social life. But to the contrary, this book demonstrates that these two areas of modernity were surprisingly entwined. Ranging across Britain, the antebellum South, and the West Indies, the book illustrates how the violence and ugliness of enslavement actually shaped theories of taste, notions of beauty, and practices of high culture, and how slavery's impurity informed and haunted the ... More

Keywords: slavery, violence, enslavement, freedom, selfhood, antebellum South, West Indies, sugar colonies, slaves, bondage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691140667
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691140667.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Gikandi, author
Princeton University

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